Answers to frequently asked questions about the omicron variant and COVID-19 vaccines

UI Health Care infectious disease specialists Daniel Diekema, MD, and Patricia Winokur, MD, answered questions about the omicron variant, COVID-19 vaccines, and other topics during a live Q&A on Jan. 14, 2022.

Why you should avoid omicron, even if you’re vaccinated

As the omicron variant sweeps through the country and our community, it seems inevitable that we will all be exposed to someone with COVID-19 at some point. This has some people wondering if they should just get COVID-19 to get it over with. Before you let your guard down, University of Iowa Health Care hospital epidemiologist Dan Diekema, MD, MS, shares a few reasons you should remain vigilant.

Husband, wife hearing the world around them better thanks to cochlear implants

Jim and Roberta Carver sitting together on their couch
As pioneers in cochlear implants, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics experts are transforming the lives of more and more people with complete or partial hearing loss.

UI Hospitals & Clinics CEO to depart

CEO Suresh Gunasekaran announces his departure for the top post at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health.

UI Hospitals & Clinics names Blomberg as chief operating officer

University of Iowa Health Care leaders have selected Emily C. Blomberg, MHA, as chief operating officer (COO) for UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Why vaccinated people can still get sick with the omicron variant

With so many health experts, public officials, and organizations pushing for COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, you may be wondering why vaccinated individuals are still occasionally getting sick with COVID-19. The answer takes some explanation, with the help of Dan Diekema, MD, MS, hospital epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist.

From gift giving to holiday food: Alternative ways to celebrate the holiday season

Person wearing a coat and gloves holding a snowball
Despite this being our second holiday season with COVID-19, the virus is still a very real threat across our community, meaning we need to continue choosing safe ways to celebrate and abiding by safety precautions.

How to talk to your loved ones about celebrating the winter holidays safely

Snow falling on some pinecones and a wooden deck with holiday lights in the background
It’s the holiday season, and although we’ve made many strides in understanding and reducing the effects of COVID-19, it’s still prevalent in our community.

UI Health Care delivers message of hope on one-year anniversary of COVID-19 vaccines

Employee receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at UI Hospitals & Clinics
On Dec. 14, 2020, University of Iowa Health Care employees made history, becoming the first in Iowa and among the first in the nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines. This was a day of hope for many and marked a critical turning point in the pandemic.

Two little miracles: UI IVF clinic helps Iowa couple overcome barriers to starting a family

Mother and daughter
Life with an infant and toddler can be a bit hectic at times, but Alisha and Ross Stottmeister of Tiffin, Iowa, are grateful for every moment. They know their daughters Mila, 3, and Charlotte, who was born in May 2021, might not be here today if it weren’t for the in-vitro fertilization specialists, ob/gyn physicians, and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) team at UI Health Care.